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The winter wave of 2004 featured the first new team of Toa characters since the original six from 2001; these Toa represented the Turaga characters from 2001, who revealed their past in a flashback for the year. The small sets were six more Matoran, many of whom had been featured previously in non-set media such as the Mata Nui Online Games.
Mentioned in the winter wave were the Vahki robots, law enforcers that acted as antagonists to the heroes. The Vahki were released in the summer wave, and had geared arms and disk-shooting mouths. Towards the end of the year the Vahki were re-released, replacing the standard Kanoka disks with a Disk of Time and a gold colored variant of the Kanohi Vahi.
Also released in the summer, though seen earlier in the years various media, were three large sets: Nidhiki, Krekka, and Turaga Dume and Nivawk. The three could combine to make one "Ultimate Dume" set, which was later released as a standalone special edition item, revealed to be an iteration of Makuta from the previous year.
- See also: Collectibles § 2004
The new Toa possessed upgraded articulation and more secure Kanohi (resembling the new Kanohi from 2003, the Avohkii and the Kraahkan), but retained gear action features. The canisters they came in also included tops that could combine with one another to create the Matoran Spheres.
The collectibles introduced for the year were the Kanoka, disks shot from a squeeze trigger. The disks mold was the same as the one featured in the 2001 Tohunga sets, which was previously introduced in BIONICLE's predecessor, the Slizers/Throwbots. The disks themselves came in the same shape and glow-in-the-dark color, but had unique varieties of printing. Each Matoran carried a disk launcher and came with one disk.
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